Faith / Life Lessons / Personal Struggles / Spiritual Bondage

Escaping the Flames

Film and TV has always captivated my imagination;  so much so, that I couldn’t wait to get out to L.A after college and start working in production.  The art of story telling is so well captured on the screen, that millions of people flock to the movies yearly for entertainment, whether at the theater or online.   And the stats on TV are just as amazing;  “The average American watches more than five hours of live television every day,” (David Hinckley, New York Daily News).  It could be that we are getting TOO much of a good thing – if you can even call it good.

Photo:Piotr Siedlecki

Most things that you can watch on primetime TV today, would most likely be offensive to someone living just a few decades ago.  Sex and violence has been taken to a whole new level;  Even witchcraft and the occult is being nicely packaged as films for children.   As a Christian living in todays society it is a challenge to find suitable entertainment that does not involve some sort of immorality.

There are times in our Christian walk when God may be calling us out of these worldly things so that we can focus more fully on our relationship with Him.

It takes discipline to sift through the menagerie of movies and TV shows available to us and pick out the stories that will help us in our spiritual journey and not hinder us.  It’s often during times of trial that we tend to backslide.  Sometimes we can use entertainment as a means of escape.  Suddenly, we find ourselves watching more and more shows with explicit scenes, normal everyday profanity, immorality and blasphemy.  The enemy loves to dull our senses by continually exposing us to such filth.

Edvard Munch, The Scream 1893, Public Domain PD-1923

The Lord reminds us in Proverbs;  “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it,” (Proverbs 4:23).  It’s important to remember daily that we are in a spiritual battle.  As children of God we have been given a spirit of self-discipline.  Everything we watch and listen to on a continual basis affects our thoughts  –  sometimes in subtle ways;  Our thoughts in turn affect our actions.  Continuing to fight the “good fight”, may mean you need to make better choices.  Lot chose to live close to the city and just barely escaped the flames.

Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you,” (2 Corinthians 6:17).